The event, which was recently held at California’s Fairmount Century Plaza in Los Angeles, honored the impeccable accomplishments in television programming and filmmaking from last year.
While accepting an award, Berry got candid about her pride in watching women stand up for themselves and tell their stories, which brought the “Bad Romance” singer to tears.
Lady Gaga Tears Up During Halle Berry’s Critics’ Choice Awards Speech
At the 27th edition of the Critics’ Choice Awards, on Sunday, March 13, Berry was presented the SeeHer Award by fellow black actress and “Insecure” star Issa Rae, according to PEOPLE.
While accepting the nod, the awardee shared a moving message about female empowerment through storytelling that made Gaga shed tears.
The Screen Actors Guild Award winner started by revealing that her character in the Netflix thriller “Bruised” was not intended for someone who looked like her initially.
Nevertheless, Berry fine-tuned the role to fit her reality and took on the director position. She explained that storytelling could raise our consciousness and help us think outside our circumstances. She said:
“I realized that we truly need to see each other’s reality — no matter how uncomfortable it makes us — so that we can stop judging and stop pointing fingers, but rather find compassion and empathy for the others.”
The “Catwoman” actress noted that she has been in Hollywood for three decades and used to think she needed to play a white man’s role to win. She later realized that was not the case.
Berry explained that for her roles to be accurately portrayed, they had to be written with the reality of her life’s journey, including its pain and beauty.
The “Kidnap” actress expressed her gratitude for living in a moment where women are standing up for themselves and telling their own stories.
Berry said women must use their emotional intelligence to tell stories that do not fit preconceived notions and embody all their contradictions and multitudes.
The “X-Men’ star praised her gender for being confident yet scared, vulnerable yet strong, everything and all of that simultaneously.
Berry emphasized that denying the complex nature of women is the same as denying their humanity. She urged people to remain truthful regardless, saying:
“We won’t always be pretty, and we will never be perfect, but what we will be is always honest and true — no matter how uncomfortable that makes you.”
The Academy Award winner noted that women must tell these discomforting but raw stories as the world needs to see them. She concluded by tributing girls all over the world, saying:
“So, to every little girl who feels unseen and unheard, this is our way of saying to you: We love you, and we see you, and you deserve every good thing in this world.”
Gaga’s emotional reaction to the SeeHer award winner’s speech follows her response to hugging Helen Mirren at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in February, as revealed by the outlet.
The “House of Gucci” actress seems to have a soft spot for bold storytellers as she broke down while hugging Mirren, who wiped away her tears.
The 2022 Critics’ Choice Awards Ceremony Clashes With BAFTAs
The Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony was meant to be held on January 9 but had to be pushed back due to the rising cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
The Blast disclosed that the new date, March 13, clashed with the BAFTAs, meaning fans had to split their time between Los Angeles and London, respectively.
Thankfully, there was no bad blood between both organizations. A spokesperson for the BAFTAs told Deadline:
“We are aware of the date change for the Critics Choice Awards 2022 and understand the unprecedented circumstances that have led to their decision this year.”
Joey Berlin, the Critics Choice Association CEO, told the outlet that choosing the new date was their only option due to the contractual obligations with their networks, venues, and sponsors.
Berlin noted the organizers of the BAFTAs were very understanding of their need to deliver the three-hour show. The only available date was March 13, between the Super Bowl and Oscars.
At the time, the CEO noted that he and the BAFTA heads were discussing how to give attendees the benefits of both shows in whatever location they were.